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Both plays are set during a different period. 'The Caucasian Chalk Circle' is a fable whereas 'Oh What A Lovely War' is based on reality. 'The Caucasian Chalk

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Drama Essay: The Caucasian Chalk Circle and Oh What A Lovely War I am going to write about two plays in which I have studied and compared. 'The Caucasian Chalk Circle' is set in the time of war a long time ago although has no precise period. Bertolt Brecht wrote the play in 1944 while he was in exile. The other text I studied was 'Oh What A Lovely War' written by John Littlewood and set in 1914 - 1915 (during the period of World War One). It was influenced by Brecht's ideas and thoughts on political theatre. ...read more.

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In 'The Caucasian Chalk Circle' the corporal can be seen as an example as an authority figure and how he treats his soldiers. In 'Oh What A Lovely War' the sergeant major is seen as an authority figure, and like the corporal, treats his recruits in a selfish and unpleasant manner. Both of the plays have a social structure within the storyline. They also include both montage and songs throughout the performance with the actors playing ensemble parts. Both plays are set during a different period. 'The Caucasian Chalk Circle' is a fable whereas 'Oh What A Lovely War' is based on reality. ...read more.

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In 'The Caucasian Chalk Circle' one or two of the characters at points in the scene performs songs. Brecht would often use a happy song for a sad scene to prevent the audience becoming too attached to the particular character and to also continue comedy within the play. The songs performed would also be a part of the scene/section. 'Oh What A Lovely War' would have a happy song although in the background would have projected pictures of the war showing horrific and devastating scenes. The epic style of theatre used would use pictures to make a statement about the war and songs/tunes familiar to the audience. The songs performed wouldn't be part of the scene but would be stood alone. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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